A Survey of Nature-Inspired Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures By John Connell (1940-2009) In His First Solo Exhibition at David Richard Gallery Opens May 30, 2014


Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) May 22, 2014

David Richard Gallery will present A Mind to Obey Nature, a survey of paintings, collages, drawings and sculptures by John Connell (1940-2009) in his first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will be presented May 30 – July 12, 2014 with an opening reception Friday, May 30, 5:00-7:00 PM. The gallery is located on 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone 505-983-9555 in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.

The content of John Connells art was very much inspired by nature, Zen philosophies and wabi-sabi concepts of transience, while his visual approach echoed that of the Arte Povera movement in Europe. Paintings, collages, drawings and sculptures created with a variety of materials, including paint, tar, gravel, paper, wood, textiles, pure pigment, iron oxide, glue and ink on a variety of supports will be presented. His very long scrolls of meditation-inspired figures created with spray paint on a range of papers in the early 1980searly examples of graffiti and Street Artwill also be exhibited. The elegant shapes of the figures and nearly exact proportions demonstrated his skill as a figurative painter. More than technical skills, these works demonstrated Connells creative genius, his passion for scale and spontaneity and living in the moment. He was a keen observer of not only nature, but also people, with an innate ability to capture mere gestures and evoking an entire understanding of a being or situation. Connell was a true abstract artist, focusing on just the essence of forms through reductive approaches, simplifying both process and materials and conveying the maximum information with the greatest economy of means. His use of detritus and ephemera furthers the notion of the temporality and mortality of life and the renewal process in naturefrom form to ashes and back to form againa continuum and infinite.

Connells art making practice also maps to Institutional Critique as he challenged not only the definition of painting, and art in general, but also where and how art was viewed. He painted on roofing underlayment, craft paper and paper bags and used wire, rags, wood and other non-conventional objects, such as clam shellsmostly from personal experiencesfor his sculptures and collages. His exhibitions frequently included paintings and drawings unframed and pinned to the wall. The place and apparatus of presentation was less important than capturing the essence of a reclined figure or the awkward stance of a baby bird readying for flight. His art is real and human, which is why nearly everyone can both relate and enjoy itthe reason why Connell made his art.

This exhibition is a companion show to Connells solo exhibition, John Connell: Cheap Secrets of the East at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM from May 17 September 7, 2014.

John Connell was born in Atlanta and studied at Brown University in Providence in the late 1950s. He then moved to New York and studied at the Art Students League and New York University before moving to San Francisco in the mid-1960s. Eventually relocating to the Southwest, he lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for most of his career. His artwork is included in many public and private collections, including The Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; The Harwood Museum, Taos, New Mexico; The Hess Collection, Napa Valley, California; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Museum of Albuquerque, NM; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; and Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, among others.

David Richard Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Santa Fe, specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric and hard-edge painting, Op Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminism and Conceptualism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1950s through the 1980s on both the east and west coasts. The gallery also represents artist estates, emerging artists and offers secondary market works.







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Square Cow Movers Sponsors the Final Film for the 2014 Steiner Ranch Movies in the Park Series


Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 24, 2014

Square Cow Movers invites movie lovers of all ages to join owner Wade Lombard and his family during the final event of the 2014 Steiner Ranch Movies in the Park film series. Wade and the team at Square Cow Movers are sponsoring the August 9th event, which will feature family-friendly activities and giveaways leading up to the show. One lucky attendee will also win a new tablet simply by entering the free raffle.

After sponsoring the event last year we knew it was something that we wanted to be involved with again this year, said Mr. Lombard. We bring the entire family out to enjoy the festivites. Its a great time for everyone, and were happy we can help make it happen.

The first event was held on May 31st and featured the animated film How to Train Your Dragon. It was followed by the Peoples Choice movie on June 28th. The August 9th event will be the last in the 2014 summer series.

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The Steiner Ranch Movies in the Park events are open and free to the public. Movies are family-friendly and have been selected by either popular vote or the event organizers.

Movie:

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Location:

Bella Mar Park

12401 Calistoga Way

Austin, TX

Time:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

8:30-10:30 PM

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